BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog today, Monday, November 9, said Mayor Mauricio Domogan supported Administrative Order 124 holding in abeyance the issuance of business permits of all electronic bingo (E-bingo) outlets in the city for 2016.
In his capacity as the Acting City Mayor last month (October), Bilog issued AO 124 directing the City Permits and Licensing Division of the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) and the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) to stop the renewal of business permits of all electronic bingo e-bingo outlets.
Bilog said the freeze on the renewal will remain until the City Legal Officer (CLO), lawyer Melchor Rabanes, has determined whether or not there are irregularities in the permits issued to the e-bingo outlets.
He said the AO was based on the clamor of the city constituents led by Bishop Carlito Cenzon, not to allow all forms of gambling in the city.
Bilog said President Benigno Aquino III replied to Cenzon last September 11 calling the attention of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Cristino Naguiat to look into the issuance of licenses to operate e-bingo outlets in the city.
Based on PAGCOR’s charter, a business permit is proof of the local government’s consent to the E-Bingo operation.
It was only in June 2012 that PAGCOR required a letter of no objection (LONO) from the local governments before allowing bingo joints to operate in a locality.
The licenses of E-Bingo outlets in the Baguio City malls are renewed every two years even without the required Letter of No Objection (LONO). PNA